Heresy and the Church of Q: a reply

Heresy and the Church of Q: a reply Qual Quant (2015) 49:539–540 DOI 10.1007/s11135-014-0031-x Peter A. Tamás · Jarl K. Kampen Published online: 4 May 2014 © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014 Eppur si muove – Allegedly said by Galileo Galilei We are pleased that the editor of this journal was swift in publishing a reply to our review of recent contributions and status of Q-methodology. Steven Brown, Stentor Danielson and Job van Exel have introduced a number of substantive rebuttals whose merits we, predictably, dispute. Rather than succumb to the temptation to engage their argument point by point, we have decided that science is better served by deferring responsibility for critical review to readers who may be interested in using Q-methodology. These articles, and more particularly the references they cite, provide a reasonable starting point for the review necessary before choosing to use Q-methodology. We found limited evidence of careful review in our own survey of studies that have used Q- methodology. If our detractors are right, and the methodology is fundamentally sound, sloppy application might explain the rather dim view the scientific community seems to take of the methodology. For example, Packer’s (2011) well received book on the Science of Qualitative Research devotes no less http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality & Quantity Springer Journals

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2014 by Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
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Social Sciences, general; Methodology of the Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
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0033-5177
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1573-7845
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10.1007/s11135-014-0031-x
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Qual Quant (2015) 49:539–540 DOI 10.1007/s11135-014-0031-x Peter A. Tamás · Jarl K. Kampen Published online: 4 May 2014 © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014 Eppur si muove – Allegedly said by Galileo Galilei We are pleased that the editor of this journal was swift in publishing a reply to our review of recent contributions and status of Q-methodology. Steven Brown, Stentor Danielson and Job van Exel have introduced a number of substantive rebuttals whose merits we, predictably, dispute. Rather than succumb to the temptation to engage their argument point by point, we have decided that science is better served by deferring responsibility for critical review to readers who may be interested in using Q-methodology. These articles, and more particularly the references they cite, provide a reasonable starting point for the review necessary before choosing to use Q-methodology. We found limited evidence of careful review in our own survey of studies that have used Q- methodology. If our detractors are right, and the methodology is fundamentally sound, sloppy application might explain the rather dim view the scientific community seems to take of the methodology. For example, Packer’s (2011) well received book on the Science of Qualitative Research devotes no less

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Published: May 4, 2014

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